How to Find the Right App in the Play Store

There are 2.8 million apps available on the Google Play Store at the moment, that is why searching and finding the app that you need can be quite formidable. However, if you learn a few tricks, it becomes easier to navigate through to find an app that you really want.

In our guide, we are discussing some tips on how to find the right app fairly quickly by using the various features in the Play Store.

Just search it

If you already know the app or game you want to download, it’s best done if you search for it directly on the Play Store instead of going through several app categories. It’s the quickest way to get the app that you’re searching for. You can also use the search tool to find a specific group of apps or games. For example, searching for “chess” will get you a bunch of Chess games.

How to Search on Google Play

  • Firstly, Open the Google Play store on your phone.
  • Then Click the search bar at the top of the home screen.
  • Now Type what you’re searching for at the search bar and press Enter.
  • If you have already identified the app, tap Install. Or else, learn more about the app by clicking on its name.

Check for app ratings and positive reviews

If you don’t know the exact app then you can get the right app by checking the rating of the apps that are listed in the search results. Search results sometimes show the user ratings given to the app by users who downloaded them. All ratings are marked out of 5.

Moreover, you can even filter the reviews between All (default), Positive, Critical, 5-star, 4-star, 3-star, 2-star, and 1-star.

Browse through Google Play’s Top Charts

If you’re searching to download anything new then you can go through the store’s Top Charts. You will be able to select apps and games from these listings which are being select by Google itself. You can select apps between different charts including Top Free, Top Grossing, Top Paid, and Trending.

Top free have a list of popular apps that are available for free. While the apps in Top Paid are popular apps that can only be downloaded after paying for them. Trending apps are those apps that are recently popular.

Explore apps and games from Editors’ Choice section

For those you who don’t love too many options and want a list of apps and games that you can install about the app ratings and review. Google provides an Editors’ Choice section on both apps and games that provides you a list of apps that you might find in need.

The Editors’ Choice offers a set of apps categories including food, video editing photo editing, arts, work & productivity, learning, and fitness. Game lovers can also use the Editors’ Choice listing which covers game lists including platform, odd ones, battle Royale, adventure, room escape, fighting, and offline.

Select from a specific group of apps through the Category search

If you’re searching to install an app or game-specific to a category, just use Google Play’s Category search. It helps you narrow down your search and you might end up finding something you may not have expected to find.

While writing this article, there are 38 different categories in Google Play for apps ranging from Arts & design to weather and 17 categories. And for games including Action, Adventure, Strategy, and more. Even within these categories, you can filter the list with the Top charts section that’s available for the category. Users can also search the app of their choice inside other section like “Recommended for you”, “Based on your recent activity”, and others.

Download apps and games based on your Kid’s age

Google provides a “Family” tab that joins other tabs like Editors’ Choice, Top charts and Categories. Parents can browse the Family section for educational and informational apps and games for their kids. Not only this Users can further categorize the apps with respect to the age of their kid: 5 years & below, 6-8 years, 9 years & above.

Parents can also download apps or content based on popular characters known to kids like Angry Birds, Elmo, Barbie, Avengers, and more. Similar to category searching, users can sort their results through Top charts for individual sections.

How to set up Parental Controls on Google Play

Step 1:

Firstly, Open the Google Play Store.

Step 2:

Then tap on the menu button at the top left.

Step 3:

Close Settings.

Step 4:

Under ‘User Controls’ section, click on Parental Controls.

Step 5:

Now Switch the toggle at the top to ON.

Step 6:

You will be asked to create a PIN.

Step 7:

After creating a PIN, you can set content restrictions from the categories listed below:

  • Apps & games: You can restrict your kids from accessing apps rated 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+, and 18+.
  • Films: Limit video content rated UA, U, A, and S.
  • Music: Restrict kids from playing titles with explicit content. game-specific

All done!


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